Daily Archives: March 5, 2018

How to not go broke ranching

How to not go broke ranching

Robert Fears

Progressive Cattleman

“How to Not Go Broke Ranching” was the title of a presentation by Walt Davis at the 2017 Texas Grazing Conference. Davis has spent approximately 50 years as a working rancher with interests in west Texas and in southeast Oklahoma.

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Rumen genotyping advances could enhance cattle breeding

Rumen genotyping advances could enhance cattle breeding

Michael Priestly

Farmers Weekly

Future cattle selection decisions could extend to breeding for rumen microbiome characteristics, say researchers who have recently mapped more bovine rumen microbe genomes than ever before.

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10 reasons to use cover crops on your farm

10 reasons to use cover crops on your farm

Tom J Bechman

Prairie Farmer

Derek Schmitt and Tony Bailey visit lots of operations where farmers grow cover crops every year. Yet they also drive by many fields still in conventional tillage. Especially after a tough winter like this one, both believe many of these fields would benefit from cover crops planted this fall.

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Lengthy, Difficult Births Adversely Affect Newborn Calves

Lengthy, Difficult Births Adversely Affect Newborn Calves

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin

Calves born after a prolonged, difficult birth are at a high risk of failing to receive adequate colostrum by natural suckling because of greatly decreased colostrum intake. Calves failing to receive adequate colostrum in a timely manner are more prone to diseases such as scours and respiratory diseases later in life. Calves that are born to a prolonged Stage 2 of parturition very often suffer from severe respiratory acidosis. Stage 2 is defined as the period of labor from first appearance of the water bag until the calf is completely expelled and on the ground.

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Feeding for hoof health

Feeding for hoof health

Beef Magazine

Late winter/early spring is usually a time of muddy sloppy conditions, which can spell trouble for hooves. From cracked hooves to foot rot, poor hoof health takes a toll on your livestock, no matter what the species. Wet, sloppy conditions just exacerbate hoof problems, softening them up, making them more susceptible to injury and microbial entry. The best way to combat poor hoof health is to grow a strong, hard hoof in the first place.

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Ranchers Love Calving On Grass in Pasture

Ranchers Love Calving On Grass in Pasture

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Jess Hudson of Hudson Ranch in Bashaw, Alberta describes it like this:

“The grass system for me, with good weather, works really well. The cows will spread all out have their calf, mother it, lick it and get it to drink and do it the way nature intended it. When I bunch them all together, that’s when they get problems.”

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Feed soil ‘livestock’ to grow and thrive

Feed soil ‘livestock’ to grow and thrive

Steve Groff

American Agriculturalist

You don’t have to be involved with cover crops very long to hear about the C:N ratio — carbon-to-nitrogen ratio. These numbers have a direct impact on cash and cover crop residue decomposition rates. They also impact your N use and can help you better manage overall soil health.

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